Saturday, July 13, 2013

Braden | seven months

Braden turned seven months old yesterday. This last month has been so much fun! I absolutely love being a mom to this sweet boy of mine. Here is this month's update:

- He got his helmet off on Monday and has been especially snuggly all week. 
- He eats baby food mixed with rice cereal three times a day. So far he has tried carrots, sweet potatoes, mixed veggies, and peas. He likes them all!
- He smiles and laughs ALL the time. He is also extremely ticklish on his stomach, underarms, and sides.
- He is very clingy and will usually cry when I leave the room. We're working on this one. 
- He sits up on his own now for long periods of time and plays with his toys.
- He loves to read books and can turn the pages. 
- He has been a good sport when Devin and I have softball games. 
- He is always on his best behavior when we have people over. He has become quite the charmer!
- He has a finger puppet from IKEA that's a bunny. He likes to put the ears in his mouth, chomp down, and then start playing with other toys while it's still in his mouth. 
- He loves to play the piano.
- He always gets compliments on his big blue eyes.
- He likes to drink water out of a cup even though most of it dribbles down his chin and onto his shirt.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


I don't know what it is, but I absolutely LOVE to put different kinds of hats on Braden's head. Maybe I just like seeing anything other than his helmet on his head! Here are a few pictures of Braden sporting a variety of scarf hats. I think the black and white turban is my favorite!

Monday, July 8, 2013


Yesterday was fast and testimony meeting in our ward. I have been wanting to share my testimony for the last few weeks, but wasn’t able to because most of the meeting was spent reorganizing part of our bishopric and then I was holding a sleeping baby for the rest. Because I didn’t get the chance at church, I thought I’d share some of my thoughts here. Two weeks ago, I was called to be a ward missionary along with Devin who was called to be the ward mission leader. We were called the same day as the special missionary broadcast, which helped us immediately immerse ourselves in our callings. There were many things about the broadcast that stuck out to me, but one of the impressions that I’ve thought a lot about since was the importance of having love as our motive. Just about every returned missionary you talk to talks about how much they learned to love the people they taught and served. I thought about how I was doing at having love for those I serve and those I could be serving. Was my motive to serve them always love? I was reminded of one of my favorite talks of all time given at a BYU devotional a few years ago. President Osguthorpe talked about having love as our motive for everything we do. One of my favorite quotes from that talk was about the Savior’s example of this principle.

“The Savior’s earthly ministry was a time of teaching, a time of miracles. He established His Church on the earth. He called the Twelve to become leaders in the Church. He taught everyone who would listen. He healed the sick and raised the dead. And why did He do all these things? He had only one motive—love. His message to us is that we need to be good and do good, but we need to do it for the right reason. This is precisely why the two greatest commandments are the greatest: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” and “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:37–39). The motive means everything.”

If we choose to follow the Savior’s example and become motivated by love, not only will we find more opportunities to serve, but the service we render will do more good. This week I’ve been doing my best to start working towards that goal. I’ve started by having more heartfelt prayers in behalf of those I visit teach and my family. I’m starting small, but hope to progress to the point where I can feel love for everyone around me. Even by just making a few simple changes to my prayers, I have already felt a huge difference. I know Heavenly Father is so willing to bless us when we show Him our desire to be better. I have a testimony of the importance of missionary work. We are needed as missionaries and examples today. There are people around us that are being prepared by the Lord to hear the message of the gospel, but are waiting for us to share it to them. I hope that I can have the courage and faith to help move the gospel forward.